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Did you leave the cap off your marker again? Did the ink dry out? Keep your markers out of the trash by following these quick and easy steps.

Tools

Parts

No parts required.

Obtain the items necessary.
  • Obtain the items necessary.

    • 2 Tablespoons Of Vinegar

    • 3 Cups Of Warm Water

    • The Dried Out Water Based Marker

      • Make sure the marker is water based. If not, check the packaging if available. Steps 1-6 will not work on permanent markers. However, step 7 can be used for dried out permanent markers.

    • A Small Bowl

    • A Paper Towel

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Fill the bowl with 3 cups of warm water. You can use cold water - warm water allows for quicker solution. Make sure the water is not boiling! It will ruin your marker!
  • Fill the bowl with 3 cups of warm water.

    • You can use cold water - warm water allows for quicker solution.

    • Make sure the water is not boiling! It will ruin your marker!

  • Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar into the bowl with water.

  • Mix in the vinegar.

I like the exclamation point for the boiling water

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Place the marker tip down into the bowl. Make sure the cap is off the marker.  Set the cap aside for later use. The marker can slip into the bowl.  It just results in a longer drying time.
  • Place the marker tip down into the bowl.

  • Make sure the cap is off the marker. Set the cap aside for later use.

    • The marker can slip into the bowl. It just results in a longer drying time.

  • Allow the marker to sit for approximately 5 minutes in the water.

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Remove the marker from the bowl and place onto the paper towel. Do not remove the marker until some ink is released into water. Wrap the marker in the paper towel and allow it to sit.
  • Remove the marker from the bowl and place onto the paper towel.

    • Do not remove the marker until some ink is released into water.

  • Wrap the marker in the paper towel and allow it to sit.

  • Wait approximately two minutes.

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Be sure to place the cap back on the marker.
  • Be sure to place the cap back on the marker.

  • Make sure you lay the marker on its side.

  • Allow the marker to sit for up to 15 minutes before you start writing with it.

Make sure to have full sentences in your steps

Stephanie Lascola - Reply

Pick up the marker and start writing.
  • Pick up the marker and start writing.

  • Watch as the once dried out marker starts to work again.

Step 6 isn't really necessary more of a final product

Stephanie Lascola - Reply

If the marker does not work after steps 1-5, try placing the tip end in the vinegar alone and let sit in the vinegar for 2 minutes.
  • If the marker does not work after steps 1-5, try placing the tip end in the vinegar alone and let sit in the vinegar for 2 minutes.

  • Do not be alarmed if some ink leaks into the vinegar, that is normal.

  • Allow the marker to dry for at least 15 minutes before you start using it.

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Conclusion

Repeat as necessary for all water based markers.

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I had been throwing my dried up highlighters for years...thanks so much for sharing this info

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